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Cunningham vs. Gavern

Adamek-Walker, Cunningham-Gavern, Jennings-Koval quotes

(Photo Credit to Kamil Krzaczynski) Kathy Duva, Promoter and Main Events CEO: “This the first time a US broadcast of any fight from Main Events is going to be on WealthTV. WealthTV has recently dipped its toe into the boxing world, we are very happy about that. They are particularly interested in the heavyweight division so that makes make us very happy too because as you can see we know a lot of heavyweights!”

“In Poland the fight will only be available on PPV. Due to scheduling problems Polsat and Canal Plus will not carry the fights. The pay-per-view will be available for purchase on N Platform, UPC, Multimedia, Vectra, INEA, Netia IPTV, SGT SA, TOYA, Asta-Net, Antserwis-Walcz and Antserwis-Pila. The four-bout card will also be shown in Multikino cinemas throughout Poland.”

“As always Jolene Mizzone, our matchmaker, and Russell Peltz, our matchmaking consultant, have outdone themselves with this card. It really jumps out at me because every single fight on the card is very interesting.”

“In the first fight at 2PM which will only be seen in the arena, we have two young fighters who have both agreed to step up. A classic matchup between not just these two young fighters, but also their trainers. In the red corner you are going to see the great Nassim Richardson and in the blue corner you are going to see the great Don Turner. Karl “Dynamite” Dargan from Philadelphia, 10-0 with 5 KO’s, is in the red corner with Nassim Richardson, and has been training in Steve Cunningham’s camp. Continue reading

Steve Cunningham: “I don’t feel the world has seen the best Steve Cunningham yet, so I’m willing and prepared to show them”

Exclusive Interview by Geoffrey Ciani – I recently had the opportunity to speak with former two-time cruiserweight champion Steve USS Cunningham (24-4, 12 KOs), who will be making his heavyweight debut this Saturday when he takes on Jason Gavern (21-10-4, 10 KOs) at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Cunningham spoke about a variety of topics including: his decision to move to heavyweight, adjusting to his new weight, his upcoming match against Gavern, a potential rematch against Tomasz Adamek, his views on the Klitschko brothers, his heavyweight goals, and more! Here is what Steve had to say.

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GEOFFREY CIANI: Hello everyone. This is Geoffrey Ciani from East Side Boxing and I am joined here today by former two-time cruiserweight champion, about to make his heavyweight debut this weekend, Steve USS Cunningham. How’s everything going, Steve?

STEVE CUNNINGHAM: Everything is good. Training camp is over, and we’re leaving tomorrow, so it’s fight time.

CIANI: Great! Now Steve, as I mentioned a moment ago, you’re getting ready to make your heavyweight debut here. You said you just closed out camp. How was training and preparations for your first fight at heavyweight?

CUNNINGHAM: It was pretty intense because I was sparring with some big guys. I was sparring with Chazz Witherspoon and a couple of other heavyweights you guys probably don’t know from the gym. But these guys are big, man! 240 and about 6’6”, and Chazz Witherspoon is about 6’3” and 230. So you know I’ve been getting in some good work with some good heavyweights. It’s been grueling on the body taking those shots, but also it’s helping me learn and helping me develop more. The next thing was just me getting this extra weight on. I’ve gained about eight pounds I guess since my last fight, since we’ve been working at being a heavyweight, so eight to ten pounds. But since I was a small cruiserweight, you know I would leave the gym at like 195-196, or 194 and sometimes lower. Putting on this weight has been a little task, you know, just learning how to do it and keep it on. Continue reading

Adamek-Walker, Cunningham-Gavern, Jennings-Koval battle it out in loaded card on September 8th

NEWARK, NJ – On September 8th, Newark, NJ’s Prudential Center will be the site of an old-fashioned, Saturday afternoon fight card that figures to be a real afternoon delight for boxing fans. Can It get any better than this for a boxing fan? Just like in the good old days of the sport, the show is loaded – top to bottom. And unlike some anemic modern day boxing events, this one has no shortage of stars, competitive battles, or important matchups. Even better, boxing fans can come watch the fights in the afternoon, and be home long before two scheduled West Coast fights begin on cable TV that evening.

The NJ event, which is titled the “Ironbound Throwdown”, could have easily been named the “Ironbound Throwback”, given the quality and quantity of the scheduled bouts. The show is highlighted by not one, not two, but a trio of hard-hitting heavyweight fights that include ranked contenders battling toward a title shot.

Tomasz “Goral” Adamek, 46-2, 28 KOs, defends his IBF North American Heavyweight Title against power-puncher Travis “Freight Train” Walker, 39-7-1, 31 KOs. The Polish star is a former two-time world champion, and will not settle until he wins his third crown in as many weight divisions. An impressive victory over Walker could land Adamek another shot at one of the Klitschko brothers for that elusive third belt. However, Walker, has the size and the punch to pull the upset.

Former two-time cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham, 24-4, 12 KOs, enters the dangerous waters of the heavyweight division for the very first time in the 10-round co-feature. Many fighters have lived to regret moving up with the big boys, but Cunningham can’t be bothered with those concerns and is focused on slaying the big prey of the division. He’s been on the prowl for a rematch with Adamek since their epic meeting in 2008, but his opponent on this day, Jason “The Sensation” Gavern, 21-10-4, 10 KOs, will do his best to convince Cunningham that he doesn’t belong at heavyweight. Gavern is rugged and capable of seriously testing Cunningham. Continue reading